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  Write a Good Five Paragraph Essay written by: Kellie Hayden ã edited by: Donna Cosmato ã updated: 1/4/2012   Writing a good essay is key to success in school -- period. However, some students never get the hang of it. Following this outline will help students write a great five paragraph essay and hopefully receive an A on their next assignment.    Five Paragraph Essay Outline Has your teacher assigned a five paragraph essay? Use the outline below to format your paper.    Step 1 - Choose a Good Topic When writing an essay, it is important to choose a topic that is not too broad. For example, do not write about football. Choose something more specific, like football drills, the greatest football team, football equipment, football practice, etc. It is important that you can think of three main ideas that you want to discuss in the essay. If you cannot think of three specific ideas to discuss, then the topic is too narrow. If your chosen topic is too narrow, choose a slightly broader topic so specific ideas or details can be listed. For example, if you planned to write about football field goals and couldn't list many details about it, choose something like scoring points in football.    Step 2 - Organize the Essay Organizing an essay can be done in many forms. Some people like to use graphic organizers like a web. It looks like a spider web with circles connected. In the middle circle, write the main topic. Then make three spokes off of the main circle and make three more circles. These will be your body  paragraphs' main ideas. Write the topics in those three circles. Then from those, add two to five more lines or spokes from those circles to become details you want to talk about in your essay. Another way to organize an essay is to follow this basic outline form: Topic  ______________ Thesis Statement (One sentence that tells the reader what the essay will discuss.)___________________________________________________________________________________  _____________ Body Paragraph #1 main idea  ________________________________________________________________ Detail #1_________________________________________________________________________________ Detail #2_________________________________________________________________________________ Detail #3_________________________________________________________________________________ Body Paragraph #2 main idea  ________________________________________________________________ Detail #1_________________________________________________________________________________ Detail #2_________________________________________________________________________________ Detail #3_________________________________________________________________________________ Body Paragraph #3 main idea  ________________________________________________________________ Detail #1_________________________________________________________________________________  Detail #2_________________________________________________________________________________ Detail #3_________________________________________________________________________________ Conclusion (Wrap up essay and leave reader with interesting thought.)  _________________________________ For future reference, this basic outline can be used for many types of writing, such as a  persuasive letter .      Step 3 - Writing the Essay Once the outline is filled out, the essay is quite easy to write. Your ideas are organized. It is important to have good transition words between each main paragraph, such as first, second, third, also, furthermore, hence, etc. The five paragraph essay includes an introduction, three body paragraphs and a conclusion. Another tip is not to start the essay with my essay will be about or I am going to write about. These are boring and not interesting essay  beginnings. Think about interesting facts about the topic or famous quotes about the topic to put in the introduction. Make sure to include a thesis statement to inform the reader about the essay's topic. The introduction can be the hardest part to write; however, it is very important that it is strong. Another part of the essay that many students forget to write is the conclusion. An essay must have one that wraps up the essay. A good way to get the reader to remember your essay is to leave the reader with an interesting thought. Do not give any new information in this section. It is important to write a rough draft to share with a friend or parent to edit. When editing, ask someone to check that you stayed on topic and used proper writing conventions, such as good spelling, usage, mechanics and grammar. Last, you want to write a final copy. This should be error free. It can be written in pen or typed. Most teachers like a typed copy; however, neatly written essays in pen are acceptable as well. Teachers generally grade an essay on the following criteria: interesting content, organization and writing conventions. Writing a good five paragraph essay can take some time. Do not wait until the last minute and make sure to have someone edit it before you turn in the final copy to your teacher.  Writing an essay can be a daunting task for both teachers and students in terms of creating and crafting a high quality essay, and finally editing and grading them. It seems though we may have overlooked one of the toughest steps in writing an essay and that is actually selecting an appropriate and interesting topic for your students. Thankfully I have put together a list of 25 great essay topics that might just make that process a little easier. Enjoy. And remember to add any other great suggestions in the comment section below. If you are still struggling with the essay writing process and need further guidance be sure to check out our  essay guides here.  1.   Zoos are sometimes seen as necessary but not poor alternatives to a natural environment. Discuss some of the arguments for and/or against keeping animals in zoos. 2.   Imagine that your teacher wants to teach a new subject for the next few weeks. Your teacher will take suggestions, and then let the students vote on the new subject. What subject should your class choose? Write an essay to support your choice and to persuade the other students to vote for your choice. 3.   Are actors and professional athletes paid too much? 4.   Should teachers have to wear uniforms or have a dress code? 5.   Since the invention of nuclear weapons we have had a long period of GLOBAL peace and stability. Are nuclear weapons global peacemakers or killing devices? 6.   Should boys and girls be in separate classes? 7.   Is the death penalty effective? 8.   To what extent is the use of animals in scientific research acceptable? 9.   What age is appropriate for dating? 10.   Pretend you woke up one day and there were no rules. People could suddenly do whatever they wanted! Explain what the world would be like. Use your imagination! 11.   Should student’s textbooks be replaced by notebook computers?  12.   Should students be allowed to have cell phones in elementary and high schools? 13.   Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations? 14.   Should money be spent on space exploration? 15.   Is fashion important? 16.   Are we too dependent on computers? 17.   If you had the opportunity to bring any person  —   past or present, fictional or nonfictional  —   to a place that is special to you (your hometown or country, a favourite location, etc.), who would you bring and why? Tell us what you would share with that person 18.   Most high level jobs are done by men. Should the government encourage a certain percentage of these jobs to be reserved for women? 19.   Should students be allowed to grade their teachers? 20.   In your opinion what factors contribute to a good movie? 21.   The destruction of the world’s for  ests is inevitable as our need for land and food grows. Do you agree?  22.   Many parents give their children certain chores or tasks to do at home. Should children have to do chores or tasks at home? Be sure to explain why you think it is a good idea or a bad idea. Include examples to support your reasons. 23.   Should the voting age be lowered to thirteen? 24.   Should the government place a tax on junk food and fatty snacks? 25.   Should more be done to protect and preserve endangered animals?
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